American Prince


Seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, feeling with the heart of another.
— Alfred Adle

This week we have witnessed an American President turn his back on 800,000 young people by revoking DACA, a federal program that enabled them to remain in the only country they've known since childhood. This is Donald Trump, elected President as a voice for the common man, a business tycoon whose inherited wealth and advantage enables him to live like an American prince.

Every room Donald Trump enters, be it public or private is palatial, is appointed in gold and decorated lavishly with world-class antiques. His eyes rest only on manicured lawns, and fresh flowers adorn his home and work. Every morsel of food he eats has been prepared for him, and is the best that money can buy. His clothing is always pressed, cleaned and laid out. He will never ride public transportation beside a complete stranger, buy his own food at the grocery store, struggle to meet health insurance premiums, send his children to a public school, or worry where his next meal is coming from.

Palace at Versailles, home of Louis XIV of France

Palace at Versailles, home of Louis XIV of France

Trump's Florida home and golf club, Mar-A-Lago

Trump's Florida home and golf club, Mar-A-Lago

Loss of empathy might be the most enduring and deep-cutting scar of all, the silent blade of an unseen enemy tearing at our hearts and stealing more than our strength. What manner of joy might we find in our lives if we cannot understand the joys and pains of those around us, if we cannot share in a greater community?
— R.A. Salvatore

This American Prince, our so-called populist President, is responsible for the health and welfare of over 300 million people. But does he have the empathy needed to lead a society built upon the dreams and aspirations of immigrants? How can he see with the eyes of the Dreamers, when his own see only the trappings of wealth and power that surround him? Does he understand they registered for DACA voluntarily with our Immigration and Naturalization Service? Does he know enough of the program he's terminated to understand that these children have spotless criminal records, have served and died in the American military, grown up as our neighbors and classmates, work and pay taxes, and share in our American dream?

And most importantly, does Donald Trump feel for these children in a sincere way? Has his heart been touched to such a degree that he'll use the power of his office, his political strength and moral conviction to do the right thing?

He has told us he loves the Dreamers but his actions this week suggest otherwise.

Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to so something about it.
— Cornel West